After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
History in the making.
As Hurricane Sandy rips through the northeast, 10,000 flights (at last count) have been cancelled and we could see that many more cancel over the coming days. In all, nearly 20,000 flights could be cancelled leaving millions of travelers to scramble to alternate means to reach their destination.
Airlines have issued “weather waivers” which allow passengers who are scheduled to travel to/through any of the affected areas to change their reservation without being hit with a change fee. The airlines recognize it is far easier to change a future reservation than it is to try and accommodate a stranded traveler at the airport when every flight, in every direction, is full for days.
Anyone who is traveling to the northeast this week needs to obviously reconfirm the reservation several times a day. If the scheduled flight is cancelled and an alternative flight is offered, give serious consideration to taking what is offered. During times like these trying to get picky because the flight offered isn’t a perfect solution is not a good idea. Take what you can get and fly as far as you can as fast as you can. People who are too selective often find themselves stranded in airports for days, wishing they had taken the first option offered instead of holding out for a better flight.
The unknowns associated with this storm are many, which makes it difficult (if not impossible) to predict when we will be able to return to a normal operation. This isn’t a storm we can compare to a winter blizzard, because power issues, airport and runway damage and a host of other dynamics will be brought into play.
All that to say, more to come so stay tuned!